Rapper DaBaby is facing a swift backlash from live concert organizers dropping him.
Both Austin City Limits and iHeartRadio announced they will no longer allow DaBaby to perform. Music Midtown also joined in to dump the controversial rapper from its September show in Atlanta.
DaBaby has since tried apologizing for his hateful comments, but the doubling down didn’t help. After inciting a crowd at Rolling Loud with misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS, the rapper started attacking fans online who criticized his comments.
Pop stars like Elton John and Dua Lipa commented, trying to clear up the misinformation. But the swift backlash the rapper is seeing on being excluded from stages is staggering. He was bumped from his set at Lollapalooza in Chicago over the weekend at the last minute. He’s also been dropped from the Governors Ball in New York City and Day N Vegas in Las Vegas.
DaBaby’s Cancelled Live Appearances
- iHeartRadio Fest
- Austin City Limits Fest
- Music Midtown
- Governors Ball – New York City
- Day N Vegas
- Can’t Wait: Live! in Philadelphia
- Parklife Festival in Manchester, England
All festivals who have announced they are dropping DaBaby will bring on a new performer.
DaBaby has since offered a more sincere apology via Instagram. “I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God bless. Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes.”
“As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me, knowing what I needed was education on these topics and guidance – has been challenging.”
At least one Austin local radio station, Q99.7 has stopped playing the Dua Lipa single “Levitating,” which features DaBaby. There are also rumblings that DaBaby may be missing out on coveted Apple Music playlist spots – though no confirmed evidence of the latter.
“Bye DaBaby. Proud that my station Q99.7 stopped playing his song with Dua Lipa and proud of Music Midtown for removing him from the line-up. No time for it anymore,” wrote one popular DJ with the Q99.7 radio station on Facebook.